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Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Business

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For many of us, Spring is one of the most exciting times of year-

The weather’s getting warmer, folks are enjoying being outside, and there are squirrels everywhere! Ok, that last one was just for any dogs who may be reading…

Spring is also a great time to make sure your business is ready for the busier months ahead by taking care of some basic maintenance to-dos. Here are five tips to help you get started:

  • Spruce up your exterior – The ravages of winter, with all its snow, mud, and rock salt, can leave your building looking a bit shabby. A few passes with a pressure washer can make your outside walls look fresh. This is also a great time to take care of any landscaping work that needs to be done, before the trees and shrubs really bloom. And, of course, a good window cleaning can get rid of any grime build up and replace it with a gleam that says ‘open for business!’ 
  • Check your HVAC system – Your A/C system has likely been, well, chillin’ through the winter, but as the weather warms up you’ll need it to be ready to go. Cleaning the hoses, clearing out ducts, checking drain pans for any mold buildup, and installing fresh filters will help keep you and your customers nice and comfortable. 
  • Inspect the roof and gutters – Your roof bears the brunt of winter storms, so this is a good time to make sure it’s in good shape and repair any damage. While you’re at it, make sure any gutters are clear for those impending April showers! 
  • Take stock of your stockroom – Even if your customers can’t see it, a clean and organized back room is still important for putting your best foot forward – it’ll make your operations more efficient and as a bonus it will improve morale for the staff who have to work back there. 
  • Make that floor shine – All the muck that gets tracked in during the winter can really do a number on the floor of your business. A good mop and even a once-over with a power washer can make the ground your customers walk on look brand new. Don’t forget the baseboards!

No matter how well you take care of your business, Spring is also a great time to revisit your Business’ Insurance Policy. Pandemic restrictions, Supply Chain issues, Summer Wildfires and many other contributing factors have made value assessments much more volatile over the past two years, and your policy limits may no longer be in line with the realities of the market.

Of course, as any business owner knows, maintenance is important year round, but with these steps you should be well on your way to putting the ‘Clean’ in Spring Cleaning! 

by Jon Becker

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Cleaning Rain Gutters

The kids are back in school, the leaves are changing color, and people are walking around in windbreakers with Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

Yep, fall is here! It may seem early to start preparing for winter, but that’s why it’s called PRE-pare; late Autumn and early winter are packed with busy holidays, school events, and weather that make getting things done just a little bit harder. Add in the risk of an October blizzard (it seems to happen every year) and being prepared early just keeps looking better.

Below are five tips to help get you started.

1. Clean your gutters – it’s something that should be done a few times a year, especially as the leaves start falling. If you skip it, water and especially snow buildup can damage shingles, leading to roof leaks, mold damage, and even pest infestation. Pro tip: a cheap kitchen spatula is a great gutter cleaning tool. You can cut it to fit your gutter exactly, and it’s easy to clean. Don’t forget to make sure your gutter’s spouts are clear at the ground level, too. A plumber’s snake is handy to clean out any stubborn debris buildup.

2. Get a professional roof inspection – Your roof is your first line of defense against winter weather, so it’s essential to be proactive about any needed repairs as fall arrives. Having a licensed, certified roofing professional inspect your roof at least once a year (and after severe weather events) can give you precious time to deal with any issues before they get out of hand. 

3. Be Fire Safe – Smokey The Housecat says “Only you can prevent fires in the home, which statistically speaking mostly happen in colder months!” Smokey Cat’s never been one for brevity, but he makes a good point: as fall approaches, fire dangers at home increase. Protect yourself by

  • Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. While you’re at it, don’t forget to check their expiration dates!
  • Get your chimney cleaned by a professional cleaning service
  • Check your furnace filter at least once a month; if you hold it up and can no longer see light through it, it’s time for a new one.
  • Have an evacuation plan in case of a fire and make sure everyone in the home is familiar with it!
  • For more home fire prevention tips, check out this post.

4. Seal windows and doors – To save on heating costs, inspect your windows and doors for drafts, then seal them with weather stripping or caulking. Of course, if any window or door frames are damaged, the fall is a much better time to repair or replace them than when the snow starts falling.

5. Winterize The Grill – Some folks are barbecue warriors who have no qualms about firing up the grill all winter long. For the rest of us, autumn is a great time to prepare the grill for a bit of downtime. Make sure to disconnect the gas and burner unit, coat any metal parts with a bit of cooking oil to prevent rust, and cover the whole grill with a plastic bag to keep spiders and insects from nesting during the winter. 

As any homeowner knows, the list of things to do around the house never seems to truly be complete, but with these steps you’ll at least be well on your way to achieving Peak Cozy this fall!

Written by Jon Becker